IPOB denies involvement in attack on security personnel, prisons


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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied any involvement recent attacks on security personnel and most recently the federal prison and police command headquarters in Owerri, Imo state.

Denying the group’s involvement is Emma Powerful, IPOB spokesman, who said it is not in the group’s “mandate” to perpetrate such crimes.

Gunmen had attacked the two facilities and also freed prisoners in the early hours of Monday.

In the process, some police vehicles were razed in the incident which an unnamed official blamed on IPOB.

But reacting via a statement, Powerful said the information linking the group or its security outfit known as the Eastern Security Network (ESN) is fallacious.

He said: “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been drawn again to the fallacious and fabricated news that IPOB and ESN are involved in the attack of prison and police headquarters in Owerri Imo State. IPOB and ESN are known groups not unknown gunmen.

“IPOB and ESN were not involved in the attack in Owerri Imo State, and the recent attack on Onitsha Owerri road at Ukwuorji junction. It is not our mandate to attack security personnel or prison facilities.Advertisementht

In the statement, Mr Emma said the outlawed IPOB, after been classified as a terrorist group was “formed on the principle of peace and we are still in it.” 

“Unknown gunmen is a different people which we don’t know them and they not IPOB or ESN security outfit,” he said.

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